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Call for Nominations 2020

Perpedes Grant Program

Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2020. There is still time to submit!

As part of its grant program Perpedes, the Agosto Foundation requests nominations from the general public for the support of the activities of individual artists, as well as for artistic or cultural projects. The Perpedes Grant Program seeks to foster a closer connection between artistic and cultural activities and the daily lives of various social strata and communities, on both the local and regional scales. The program focuses on strengthening smaller individual and civic initiatives which make use of interdisciplinary collaboration, and which address themes pertaining to social and environmental networks, while working within the framework of contemporary art.

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The Ancient Woods

A film by Mindaugas Survila
24 February 2020, 8:30 PM
Cinema Ponrepo

Filmed in one of the last remaining patches of old growth forest in Lithuania, The Ancient Woods is a place where the boundaries of time melt and everything that exists neither withers nor ages, but instead “grows into” eternity. A poetic and atypical nature film, it takes its viewers on the endless journey — from the forest thickets to the wolf caves and up to a black stork nest, and then deep into the water to an underwater forest, returning afterward to the human beings inhabiting the edge of the woodland. There is no commentary, only the rich, almost palpable sounds of the forest and the magical situations captured by the camera.

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Some White Men Would Rather Destroy Their World Than Share It

An Interview with Timothy Morton

The popular British philosopher Timothy Morton speaks with Vít Bohal about the limits to human audacity in the face of climate change, and the threat of fascism for the biosphere. Morton is an eco-philosopher and author of Ecology Without Nature (2007), Hyperobjects (2013) and Dark Ecology (2016).

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Short Takes Sonic Circuits

Peformance Video Excerpts

Here is an anthology of videos from events that took place as part of Sonic Circuits, the accompanying program to the exhibition Zvuky / Kody / Obrazy – Sounds / Codes / Images: Audio Experimentation in Visual Arts, 4 June – 13 October, 2019.

Sonic Circuits was a series of performances and sound events that took place at the Stone Bell House, the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, as well as in the public space in Prague. The program offered glimpses of multi-faceted works by Czech and foreign sound artists, some of whom work with sound in the context of the visual arts, while others examine sound as a theme within space-time, or within mathematical, performative, environmental or social contexts.

The video Short Takes Sonic Circuits includes documentation of works and interviews by: Lee Patterson, Nicolas Collins, George Cremaschi, Petr Válek, Tetsuya Umeda, Milan Guštar, Michal Cáb, Martin Janíček, Pavel Mrkus, Francisco López, Lloyd Dunn, Luboš Fidler, Veronika Svobodová, Roi Vaara, Aki Onda, Ondřej Smeykal, Luciano Chessa, and Christina della Giustina.

Photography: Dominik Žižka, Michal Kindernay, Jan Bartoš, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Anežka Horová.

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Trajna:

Under Pressure

Invasive Plants Field Trip / Hand Papermaking Workshop
Documentation

Images from a workshop conducted by the Trajna collective, the design duo Gaja Mežnarić Osole and Andrej Koruza, with special guests RNDr. Jiří Sádlo, CSc. and PhD. RNDr. Kateřina Štajerová, which took place 8 February, 2020 at sites including Smíchovské nádraží, Černošice, and Ferenc Futurista.

Trajna invited the general public to join them on a tour of the degraded areas of Prague to explore ethno-botanical realms, as well as the recent histories of invasive plant species that thrive in the damaged landscapes. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to hand papermaking tools and techniques, also using invasive plants.

Also: Nemísta měst prorůstá invazní zeleň. Na procházce se slovinskými umělci po budoucích ekosystémech: Trajna interviewed on Český rozhlas (In Czech only).

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Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán

Artist Presentation

28 November 2019, 7 PM
Artmap Bookstore, Vojtěšská 196/18, Prague

Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán apply research-based methodologies to reveal the invisible patterns behind certain historical, social, and geopolitical narratives. At Artmap Bookstore, they presented their past and current projects, including the extensive Debrisphere, an investigation into the phenomenon of man-made landscapes which are often the result of conflict and war.

Having begun as a duo in 2011, Benera and Estefán coined the term “debrisphere” to refer to this, heretofore unnamed, stratum of the Earth’s crust. They employ ostensibly “scientific tools” in order to imagine and map this new stratum, in which destruction, the making and marking of the landscape (as a form of spatial modification) go hand in hand with a heightened state of violence and the overexploitation of resources.

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Speculative Ecologies Book Launch

Documentation – Video
Punctum – Krásovka

The launch of the book Speculative Ecologies: Plotting Through the Mesh took place on 26 January 2020 at Punctum – Krásovka in Prague, and in case you missed it, we have made available a complete recording of the proceedings.

The evening (program here) was conceived as an open session discussing the topics provoked by the book, a collection of essays concerning the ongoing specter of climate change, the role of art making for the mitigation of its effects, and the position of contemporary philosophical theory on environmental problems (and solutions) at hand. The book was edited by Vít Bohal and Dustin Breitling and published by Litteraria Pragensia Books in 2019.

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